If you have been accused of any sex crime (rape, child abuse, etc.), time is critical to prevent allegations from ruining your life. Often, in today’s society, where sex crimes are concerned, the person accused of a sex crime is considered guilty even if proven innocent. They bear the scarlet letter of being accused upon their breast for the rest of their lives. In order to prevent the worst from happening, it is important to have the experience of a law professional that will aggressively defend your case.
What can the Accused expect in a sex crime case? Unlike the Complainant, the Accused has no right to anonymity. This can wreak havoc on a person’s public reputation. If innocent, the Accused must always deal with the aftermath of the public always questioning his integrity. This not only results in serious social repercussions, but could also mean the end of a career, not to mention the possibility of jail time if convicted.
Although public sympathy often lies with the Complainant in cases of sex crime allegations, the reality is that it may be a situation of retribution involving false allegations. False allegations are hard to disprove. The Accused needs an experienced attorney with the expertise to launch effective investigations into every aspect of the case such as personal history of the Complainant, criminal history of the Complainant, and even financial history of the Complainant. The Accused needs a counselor who understands how to interpret any forensic evidence being used against him or how to discover forensic evidence that can be used to support his innocence.
There is no doubt that prejudice against those accused of sex crimes exists within our society. This is also true even within the legal community. A person accused of a sex crime needs a defense attorney who believes in their innocence and will aggressively fight and argue on his client’s behalf and fight for protection of his client’s rights throughout the process.
Sex crime issues are extremely sensitive, involving some of the most heinous criminal behavior. The goal of the Accused is not simply to win a case. The ultimate goal is to be able to live the rest of your life without the label of “sex offender” and all of the stigmas that are attached to it. To get the best defense possible, the Accused needs a lawyer who will launch a rapid response to the allegations. A speedy trial with an impartial jury is the 6th Amendment Right of the Accused and an experienced attorney will act fast and effectively on behalf of his client.
In order to be best prepared and equipped to assist in your own defense, the Accused will need to provide his attorney with the following critical information:
- Date of arrest
- Circumstances surrounding the arrest
- Specific allegation
- Complainant involved in allegation and any corresponding witnesses
- Any evidence attached to the case
Sex crime allegations are common. Often they involve behavior that an individual is unaware is legally considered a sex crime, may be completely innocent in nature, and yet still has the potential to ruin a life because the label “sex offender” does not discriminate amongst the offenses, it communicates the message that the Accused is a heinous individual. Some of the most common sex crime offenses can include:
- Sexual assault/abuse of an adult or child
- Statutory rape
- Spousal rape
- Public urination
- Sexual harassment
If you have been accused of a sex crime, please contact us. We understand the serious impact such allegations can have on your life that are immediate as well as long term. Our firm is experienced in providing aggressive approaches in representing the best interest of our client.